Houston
Theoldest comedy club in Texas has been yukking it up for 28 years and isstill in the same location (and still, inexplicably, houses late comicSam Kinison’s piano). Laff Stop, boasting a 250-seat showroom in thetony Houston neighborhood of River Oaks, has shows Wednesday throughSaturday, plus offers an open mike — rare among top comedy clubs — onMonday. Tickets are $20 to $30. www.laffstop.com

Atlanta
Anundistinguished building in suburban Sandy Springs (just north ofAtlanta) houses the Punchline, one of the Southeast’s top comedy stagesand a regular stop for national touring acts. Covers forTuesday-through-Sunday shows range from $8 to $15, and there’s a fulldining menu. Make reservations in advance for this intimate comedyhouse. www.punchline.com